Anabasis | Side Project Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anabasis is our barleywine that was brewed with American malt and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain to provide rich toffees, fruity hops, with a strong leathery, caramel backbone. Bourbon, vanilla and gentle oxidation showcase the 24 months of bourbon barrel aging that Anabasis went through to reach maturity.


Added by Dicers on 02-09-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
84
pDev:
4.85%
 
 
Wants:
165
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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4.53/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old checkin. Had b1 alongside several derivations and TG stouts and it stole the show. Huge bourbon aroma, thick mouthfeel, complex chocolate and stout flavors, along with malty caramel and raisin sweetness. Had b2 a year later and it was great, maybe less bourbon forward than b1.

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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.49/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 only had 1 sip

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are two things that most craft beer nerds get wrong about Anabasis:

1) The pronunciation of its name
2) The perceived G.O.A.T status of this beer in the realm of barleywines

It took nearly four years to track down a pour of this legendary beer, but only a fraction of that time to realize that I -along with the majority of the craft beer world- had been deceived by the Hype-Lords of the American Midwest.

Anabasis is a largely one-note barleywine that delivers on mild licorice flavors with a prominent bourbon barrel character on the front of the palate and little else. It misses the mark on what a truly great barleywine should deliver in terms of taste. There is no depth of flavor or complexity to this beer (on the palate), falling far short of the flowery "tasting notes" description that C. King offers on the label of the bottle.

Perhaps the saving grace of this beer is that it is remarkably thick, relative to other barrel aged offerings in this style. To this end, Anabasis resembles more of a stout than a barleywine, which sits well with the mouthfeel chasers of the hobby.

If you are a true fan of the barleywine style, Anabasis is sure to disappoint, given the incredible amounts of hype surrounding the beer and the overall underwhelming flavor profile it presents. If, however, your flavor preferences lean more towards simple stouts, this may be the beer for you; the mouthfeel and barrel character that envelops the base beer is world class and worth visiting if the cost of entry is low.

The letdown of this beer reminded me of my first Hill Farmstead Ann experience. A combination of low bottle counts, high trade values, exorbitant secondary values, and craft beer FOMO led to an artificially inflated expectation of the beer, one which ultimately detracted from the overall enjoyment of the drink in my glass.

There are many other barleywines that can be acquired and consumed with far less effort than it takes to land a bottle of Anabasis that likely will yield a more enjoyable tasting experience. I assure you, the rarity of this bottle and its secondary value do not contribute in any way to a more enhanced flavor or a greater overall enjoyment of this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.88/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.84/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.57/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.88/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12/2017 - incredible aromas of bourbon, light anise, plum, tobacco, and earthiness; smooth creamy body with raisin, sherry, tobacco, and nice semisweet flavors; supremely luscious mouthfeel that just blows me away; the finish is surprisingly dry and balanced.

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4.54/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewPalmer
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.38/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.62/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A mix between a stout and a barleywine, lil roasty and underwhelming next to some of the biggest barleywines we had next to it blind. Not something I will be going after in the future.

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Anabasis from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.74 out of 5 with 84 ratings